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The Strange History of Don't Ask, Don't Tell (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History | 20 September 2011 (USA)
The strange history of the now abandoned American 1993-bill, «Don't ask, don't tell» where sexual orientation was a "non-talk" policy in the American forces, leading to 13.368 getting kicked out before 2011.
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Carl Levin Carl Levin ... Himself
Robert Gates ... Himself (archive footage)
Mike Mullen ... Himself (archive footage)
John McCain ... Himself (archive footage)
Joe Lieberman ... Himself
Nathaniel Frank Nathaniel Frank ... Himself
Aaron Belkin Aaron Belkin ... Himself
Alan Steinman Alan Steinman ... Himself
Gore Vidal ... Himself
Dixon Osbourn Dixon Osbourn ... Himself
Lawrence Korb Lawrence Korb ... Himself
Leonard Matlovich Leonard Matlovich ... Himself (archive footage)
Margarethe Cammermeyer Margarethe Cammermeyer ... Herself
Bill Clinton ... Himself (archive footage)
Norman Schwarzkopf ... Himself (archive footage)
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The strange history of the now abandoned American 1993-bill, «Don't ask, don't tell» where sexual orientation was a "non-talk" policy in the American forces, leading to 13.368 getting kicked out before 2011.

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Homoseksuell - ikke spør, ikke fortell See more »

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Very well done
30 June 2018 | by allen-22896See all my reviews

This is a great documentary of how the don't ask don't tell policy affected many service members but also gives a good history timeline of how the ban on LGBT service members even started. The only thing I believe that could have been done better, is to highlight other circumstances for service members who had to lie about who they were. For example, a lesbian is sexual assaulted and cannot publicly testify that she did not want to be intimate with the predator because of her sexual orientation. On the other side of the coin, men who assaulted could not come forward because they would have been ousted and/or ridiculed for being gay, and probably dishonorably discharged instead of receiving support and advocacy.


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